It is easy to become distracted during the rush of December. The population of our little mountain town triples seemingly overnight. We hear the clamour of lift lines, we see the joyous faces of children temporarily freed from the confines of schools, and we put our best foot forward to welcome another winter season. But when the snow falls thick and deep, and the hustle-bustle of the holidays is at its finest, we take comfort in the companionship of friends and family. We share together good company, boisterous conversation, food and drink, and great cheer. What better way to do that than with fine wine. It warms away a chill; it soothes a weary traveler; it calms the nerves; it whets the appetite; and of course it makes a great gift! The following are some of my favourites for happy holidays:

La Serra Moscato d’Asti – a classic, delicate and aromatic fruit-filled white, with just enough bubble and a hint of sweetness to make you want another glass. Besides, a little breakfast wine isn’t such a bad thing!

Tantalus Old Vines Riesling – a brilliant BC white wine produced in a drier style with racy acidity, crisp citrus and mineral notes. A palate loaded with nectarine, lean lemony fruit and hints of pine and slate. Great with anything from cheese plates to turkey dinners.

Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel – a long running family-run estate grown Zinfandel, offering ripe aromas and flavours of brambly berry fruit, leather, woodspice, and warm alcohol framed in French oak. A match for turkey, roast duck, or a little dark chocolate.

Domaine de Nizas Old Vines Carignan – an underappreciated red from Southern France with lots of body, dried berries, black olive and baking spice notes. Rich and robust, it will pair well with roast game or braised meat dishes.

Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port – the ultimate after dinner drink. Sweet and fortified, it virtually tastes like Christmas pudding in a glass, with a long lingering warmth that leaves you satisfied in a cozy armchair.

So whenever and however you celebrate this holiday season, as you sit with friends or gather around the festive feast. Remember to take time and enjoy a little holiday cheer.

Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy holiday season!